History of Medicine Library

Our History of Medicine Library, located at our head office in Sydney, has a leading collection of medical history items from Australasia and around the world.

The RACP established the Library in 1938 as a clinical library. The focus of the library changed to medical history in the mid 1950s. The Library continues to grow through the contributions of our College members.

The Library holds over 30,000 medical history items, including:

  • monographs
  • journals
  • artworks
  • manuscripts – war diaries, private physician papers
  • photographs – Fellows, historical medical sites
  • historical medical pamphlets
  • an early medicine catalogue
  • antique medical instruments

The Library's catalogue is available to browse online.

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Using the library

Our Library is open to everyone. We encourage students, researchers, genealogists and anyone who is interested in medical history to view our collection.

Help with your search

Our Librarian can assist you in your search through our print and electronic resources as well as provide advice on where to source other information. Contact the Library to discuss your enquiry.

Borrow from our collection

Fellows and trainees can borrow items directly from the History of Medicine Library.

Members of the public are also able to borrow items through the inter-library loans system. Enquire at your local library about the inter-library loans process.

Rare materials dated before the 1900s are generally not for loan. These items can be viewed and photocopied in-person at the Library.

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